Network Initiative

English Learners Advisory Board

The purpose of the English Learners (EL) Advisory Board is to strengthen the collaboration between the EL office and community partners serving our international families. Community partners have strong connections with families and students, and MNPS’s goal is to leverage that connection to ensure that families know their rights, are aware of available resources and programs, and understand the education and support their child is receiving in school. Community partners are also able to share the needs they see in the communities they serve to inform the MNPS EL Office’s programming and initiatives.



Vanessa Lazón, MNPS

Molly Hegwood, MNPS


Maria Arvizu, MNPD

Marina Assad, MNPS

Melissa Bentley, MNPS

Dr. Carol Brown, MNPS

Melissa Cornejo-Nell, MNPS

Erica Combs, Legacy Mission Village

Laura DaFonte, Hispanic Family Foundation

Manuel Díaz De León, MNPS

Chi-Chi Faulk, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Ida Hood, Legacy Mission Village

Lisa Hsin, AIR

Sandra Hurtado, MNPS

Courtney Ivy, MNPS

Sarah Johnson, Catholic Charities

Tara Lentz, Conexion Americas

Rob Manauis, NICE

Teriz Michael, Siloam Health

Casey Minshall, MNPS

Sabina Mohyuddin, American Muslim Advisory Council

Abby Mosby, Nations Ministry Center

Ebralie Mwizerwa, Legacy Mission Village

Vanessa Neria, PP TN

Leslie Osborne, MNPS

Luis Pedraza, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Margaret Proffitt, MNPS

Jazmin Ramirez, EdTrust

Monica Reyna, MNPS

Jamil Sameen, Nashville Gov

Juan Seda, MNPS

Martha Silva, Conexion Americas

Blanca Suarez, Conexion Americas

Elizabeth Thomas, MNPD Family Intervention Program

Megan Trcka, MNPS

Carrie Weir, MNPS

David Williams, MNPS

Lydia Yousef, Elmahaba Center

Maria Zapata, Conexion Americas

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